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Sekhmet by Darantha Sekhmet by Darantha
Sekhmet from the ancient egyptian pantheon. She was a goddess of warfare, protector of the pharaos and it was said the desert was created from her breath.

I'm alluding to a story where Sekhmet, in the shape of a lion, went on such a rampage that Ra feared she would kill all humans. So he tricked her by making her drink something that looked like blood, until she got drunk and stopped (I do think some interpret her as being a darker side of the goddess Hathor).

This was a fun picture to research for looks wise. I looked at several paintings and such of Sekhmet while sketching and putting down the colours. Egypt didn't use swords a lot, they mainly used bows, axes and spears, but the khopesh swords are a little too cool looking to not use, heh. :D Based that one on the ones found in Tuthankamun's grave.

I've always been fond of mythology and folklore, pretty much tore through most of the books on greeco-roman, norse and egyptian mythology that my (small) hometown's library had after that Age of Mythology really ignited my interest in the subject. Sadly I don't get around to reading much about it these days, but I try to poke through a few articles every now and then. Hoping to maybe do a few more of other old gods and goddesses. Hades and Skadi perhaps... maybe some creatures. Suggestions are welcome.
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yaoi-queen-13th Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Absolutely wonderful! I like how you remembered to have her wear red.  Many people forget that the goddess and gods had colors that were associated with them.  If you are going to do Bastet, she wears green.
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Darantha Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Digital Artist
I will be honest and say that's a pretty happy accident in which case. Red's often associated with violence, anger, and so by extension, often with war gods. But thank, glad you like it!
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ValentineNights Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

I believe the myth was that Ra made the Nile look like blood but was actually wine so that was why she became intoxicated when she guzzled from the river. Once she was drunk enough, Ra was able to safely subdue her, lock her up, and stop the killing spree she was on. Not one of the nicer myths but not a lot of the Egyptian ones are :) You see a lot of Isis, Horus, and Anubis renditions but not a lot of Sehkmet, Bes, or Taweret, I like this very much!

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Darantha Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, that's the one, I was vague when writing it, maybe it was late at night. And myths and old folktales are rarely pleasant, haha. But glad you like it! :) I'm hoping to squeeze in a few more depiction of old deities, fun to do the research.
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Kaykexx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an interesting take on her! Lovely job. Love the snarl on her face.
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Darantha Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful worK! :)
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Darantha Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Nadetha Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this looks really great!
I really love Sekhmet and her sisters/other sides Bastet and Hathor~
And this is one of the best pictures of Sekhmet I've seen so far :)
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